Skirt, Stella McCartney

Viscose-linen mix with painted and appliquéd silk motif from George Stubbs' 1762 painting 'Horse attacked by a Lion'.

Designed by Stella McCartney for Chloé, Spring 2001

 Black halter top and skirt with horse motif

Image courtesy of the artist.

Stella McCartney's clothes range from the romantic and feminine to the sharply tailored, with women’s suits being a particularly strong point. This partly reflects her early training on London’s famous Savile Row, home of classic British tailoring.

McCartney is also known as a vegetarian and supporter of animal rights groups. Consequently, she does not design for fur or leather and even her shoes are made from a leather-like material derived from plants. 

Between 1997 and 2001 she was chief designer at Paris fashion house Chloé. While there, she designed this skirt in linen and a man-made fibre, decorated with the image of a lion attacking a horse, a somewhat strange choice of subject for an animal lover.

McCartney was directly inspired by a painting by Liverpool-born artist George Stubbs (1724-1806). Stubbs painted this theme many times and there are at least six surviving versions of the scene. McCartney’s inspiration comes from the 1762 painting, 'Horse attacked by a lion', now in the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale University Centre for British Art, New Haven, USA. The Walker Art Gallery has its own version|, painted by Stubbs in 1770.    

Purchased from Cricket, Cavern Walks, Liverpool, 2001.